UK researchers followed over 11,000 children and found that inconsistent bed times, particularly at age 3, could predict poorer mental skills at age 7. They also found these effects may accumulate over time. Girls who had inconsistent sleep patterns at age 3, 5 and 7 had significantly worse scores on reading, math and spatial awareness than girls with consistent bed times. The authors believe sleep deprivation associated with inconsistent bed times may hinder brain development.
Positive Tip: Establish a regular bedtime routine with your children, their brain will benefit from it!